shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Claire Zoghb



(Inspired by the 17-year periodical cicada "invasion" of the U.S. East Coast in 2013 )

What if it were
this easy to leave:

Arch the dorsal thorax
and in one long breath
back out
of this exoskeleton

Unfurl orange-veined wings


the gold-brown husk
on someone's cracked sidewalk
for feral paws to bat

Follow the burning gaze
in your crimson eyes

Buzz upward
in search of swaying oaks

into the applause of leaves.